Rhythmopoeia

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A theory that attempted to define rhythm in terms of Greek poetic meters, such as iambic, trochaic, dactylic, etc. Johann Mattheson focused solely on durational values of notes in order to determine patterns of short and long, whereas Wolfgang Caspar Printz identified patterns based on their “internal length” (Caplin 666), a precursor to the concept of accent. Cooper and Meyer have a similar approach in the second chapter of their book, although they focus heavily on accent and interpretation for performance. (Caplin 663-666).